Meet the staff

Clare Boardman - Founder & Centre Manager

  • Clare has almost six years' experience working with seals as a BDMLR Medic. (British Divers Marine Life Rescue)
  • She is also an ex-veterinary nurse (+-20 years' experience).
  • The Regional Coordinator for Sea Watch Foundation for the North & North East of Scotland.
  • A Certified Marine Mammal Surveyor (ORCA).
  • Marine Life Rescue 101 Certificate.
  • Discovering Marine Mammals Certificate (Which includes adaptions to the marine environment & marine mammal feeding & life cycles.).
  • SSPCA volunteer.
  • SMASS (Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme) volunteer
  • Discovering UK seals; Seal biology, Ecology and ID.
  • Conducting a seal pup health assessment.
  • Introduction to the veterinary treatment of seal pups.


Phillip Boardman - Founder & Centre Manager

  • Phil has almost six years' experience working with seals as a BDMLR Medic.
  • Phil is part of the Duncansby Coastguard Team.


  • Clare Boardman - Founder & Trustee
  • Phil Boardman - Founder & Trustee
  • Dr Andrew Brownlow - Trustee (Veterinary Pathologist & Director of SMASS).
  • Professor John Fyfe - Trustee (Public figure).
  • Ivor Thomas - Trustee (Skipper & owner of the John O' Groats Ferry)

Sky - Husky dog - Seal searcher and rescuer.

Billy - Collie - Follows Sky!!

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